At impasse, Cosby jury goes back to work on verdict

People gather on the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse in Pennsylvania this week as jury deliberations in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial take place

The judge denied a defence request for a mistrial.

Steinberg says it's possible Judge O'Neill will set a quick time frame for Friday.

If the trial ends in a hung jury, the district attorney could choose to retry the case, but prosecutors would not likely move for an immediate retrial, according to a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.

"What is reasonable doubt?"

Another accuser, Victoria Valentino, also told CNN Friday it's "very hurtful" to see Cosby supporters protesting outside the courthouse "because you want to go up to them and take them one by one and shake them and try to really connect with them".

Cosby, who gave the deposition as part of Constand's lawsuit against him, said he got seven prescriptions for the powerful sedative in the 1970s for the objective of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex. Cosby testified in a 2006 deposition that he got seven prescriptions for the powerful sedative in the 1970s for the goal of giving them to women before sex. Answer: No. Question: Did you know at that time that it was illegal for you to dispense those drugs?

Prosecutors called 12 witnesses over a week of testimony, including Constand, but presented nearly no forensic evidence. Cosby sat back in his chair, expressionless.

The jurors' questions early Friday signaled they were working to overcome the impasse they reported to the judge Thursday. In Cosby's case, that could involve the more than 60 other women who have accused him of assaults dating to the 1960s.

"That's not how the system works", she said.

If the jury can not agree it would result in a mistrial, leaving prosecutors with the decision of whether to again try Cosby, who is 79, or drop the case.

"I do have evidence", she said.

Jurors on Friday morning asked the court to repeat Cosby's deposition in a civil lawsuit that was unsealed in 2015.

On Thursday the jury told the judge it was deadlocked on a verdict. "It is a phenomenon that occurs across the country".

Jurors made no inclination of which side they are leaning toward.

Defense attorneys argued that the sexual contact was part of a consenting relationship between Cosby and Constand.

"They have already been deliberating for (four) days", Vinick says.

Defense lawyer Brian McMonagle has been moving for a mistrial based on the length of the jury's deliberations - more than 40 hours - and on the note indicating a stalemate.

The comedian is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault stemming from a 2004 incident with former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. She says he drugged and molested her as she lay helpless on his couch.

Speaking directly to Cosby, the judge put the 79-year-old comedian under oath and asked if he supported a mistrial motion.

If he is convicted on even one count, he faces spending the rest of his life in prison. "(The definition)", came the jury request.

More than a dozen excerpts from Cosby's deposition, including the "friends" comment and his acknowledgment that he'd gone "somewhere between permission and rejection" during a previous encounter with Constand. Are the majority for acquittal or for conviction?

"I believe this jury is exhausted, is weary", McMonagle said late Friday, as the jury wrapped up another marathon round of deliberations.

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